Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2007 J. D. Robb; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
Unlike a number of reviewers, I throughly enjoy Susan Erickson's reading of the IN DEATH books. It may be because Net Library has the first 2 or 3 books in audio format read by someone else. No life in the characters with the other reader, could not tell Roarke was Irish, the intire reading was dull. Not so with Susan Erickson, especially with Eve..
Witness in Death stays with the In Death program. We learn more about the characters and get to solve a mystery. Like all formula books, the reader or listener knows what to expect, knows Eve, with Roarke and the others help, will catch the murderer and peace will reign until the next book. Works for me. I've read them all, now listening to them all and enjoying every moment.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is the best series ever.
I have to say that this review is more for the narrator of this series than this specific book. Susan Ericksen IS the voice of Eve Dallas. I just finished book 27 in the series and have come back to listen to the books in between - I have to say that Susan Ericksen really makes it for me. I'm glad to see she has narrated all of them because I am certainly enjoying the stories and can't wait to listen to the rest. I find myself knowing the characters just by the way she portrays them which make the books really easy to follow when listening along. I'm never left wondering who's saying what, whereas with some other narrators it's hard to tell who's who and you really have to pay close attention to what's being said. I like to be entertained while I'm driving - I don't want to have to think to hard to follow along - so I for one truly appreciate the way she has narrated this series of books. I'll have to shop for more books that she has narrated and see how she does with other stories.
Besides the actual book being great the Narrator does a wonderful job with all the character voices. None are alike and the consistency of all the books with this Narrator is amazing. Mystery of the story is always unpredictable and this one in particular is really unpredictable even in the very end. I have listened to all this series as audio and I am hooked.
I haven't listened to this book yet, but am surprised at the negative comments about Susan Ericksen's reading. I've listened to many audible books and find Ms. Ericksen's reading to be excellent. Yes, there are times when she slips when several characters are talking at the same time and she must changes voices frequently and yes, her voice of Peabody doesn't fit the geographical area where Peabody was raised. However, I find that Ms. Ericksen does a great job of defining each character and uses excellent changes of tonal quality, gender differentiation, and accent to give us a clear picture of the characters. I think Ms. Ericksen is one of the better readers that I've had the pleasure of listening to here at Audible. She makes the "in death" series come alive in my opinion. If you've ever tried reading in a dramatic way to your grandchildren it becomes very easy to appreciate the difficulty involved in being a quality reader like Ms. Ericksen.
This plot reminded me of a "Murder She Wrote" mystery. It seemed rather more simple and predictable. The story was well written and the process of uncovering the culprit was good, but just not the best of the lot.
Once again, the narrator was excellent!
Yes, I'd recommend it to those reading the series in order.. it continues the saga of the characters.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I love the way the books are set up with character development in the first half and action and follow through in the second half. I would love to have J.D. Robb's mind.
I can't understand why anyone doesn't like Susan Eriksen's narration. She makes all of the characters come alive. She brings a visual picture to the words that are written. Susan is a fabulous narrator.
No, R/S novels if you enjoy the mystery it's hard to return and get the same thrill from it.
Everything, how the murder took place, the personal dynamics of the characters, the murder victims lack of humanity and how it impacted the serial cast. Plus just enough personal elements of Rourke & Eve to have me committed to this series. J. D. Robb never lets us down with this couple, the complexity of the crimes and how Eve uses her guts and smarts to find the killer. In this novel more personal dynamics have been added with the secondary characters, which just grows the overall dynamic of the cast.
Yes, Prior J.D. Robb "In Death" serial content. I'll be honest, Rourke's voice took some getting use to because I started out by reading the novels and so I had my preconceived notions of what Rourke sounded like. I do think either I've gotten use to it or SE's voice has replaced the one in my head. But, right from the get-go Eve was pitch-perfect.
It was unfortunate that I needed to sleep, because this was a winner. Listened to it in 2 days.
I like these books and I think the narrator does a great and consistent job. I like going into these books knowing there is going to be a murder and Eve will catch the killer with the assistance of Peabody and Rourke, along with her normal cast of characters. The murders are consistently different and I usually can't figure out exactly why until very close to the end. The murder in this particular volume was fascinating because of the many parallels between the actors and the play they were performing at the time of the murder. The victim was reprehensible and I think this is the first time there's been a victim with no redeeming qualities. It's also fun to see the general storylines inch along, albeit at a glacial pace. I'll definitely be listening to the next book.
I enjoy reading but listening to to books let me do cleaning around the house or get away from work at my luch break.I
I thought I had figured out who did it but I was wrong.
I have listened to other JD Robb books by Susan Ericksen she does a very good job.
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